How to Install Solar Shingles
Solar shingles are installed in a manner very similar to how normal roofing shingles are installed. The only real difference is the addition of the electrical wires, which will need to come through the roof sheeting into the attic space, in order to make the electrical connections.
If you are hiring a contractor he will usually begin by following conventional roofing installation procedures, up to the point where the solar shingles need to be installed. Usually a template supplied by the manufacturer of the solar shingles is used, to mark and drill holes for the solar shingle wiring. This wiring is then pulled through the roof into the attic space, where the electrical connections are made.
Once the solar shingles are installed to match the course of the conventional shingles (that is, if you are also using conventional shingles), an electrician will need to wire the solar shingles together in the space below the roof, according to the instructions and specifications of the supplier of the solar shingles. With this step done, the rest of the electrical solar power system components are added in such, as the charge controller, the meters, the fuses, an inverter (to convert the DC electricity supplied by the solar shingles in to regular 110 Volt AC power supplied by the outlets in your home), and a few other components – depending on what type of set up you have, off grid solar power, net metering, or a hybrid solar power system.